Update II: A couple of clarifying details this week: First, Walter L. Jackson, 63, was the suspect arrested in the attack. Second, he was in fact charged with rape, four counts to be exact, in addition to two counts of kidnapping and two counts of felonious assault.
He pleaded not guilty.
According to the PD, prosecutors say Jackson picked up the 18-year-old around W. 58th and Madison and offered her a ride. Once in the car, they say Jackson handcuffed, bound, and raped her. She managed to open a door and fall out of the van, still naked and bound, which is when a Good Samaritan alertly followed Jackson and provided cops with his location.
Update: The PD also reports that the suspect was arrested and charged with felonious assault and kidnapping. No mention of rape or sexual assault, yet.
Just as the post-work rush hour was ticking up yesterday, police say a van pulled along W. 47th St. near Train Avenue where the driver tossed a naked 18-year-old woman out of the vehicle.
According to NewsNet5, Rocky River police say she was raped. 19 Action News, meanwhile, is going with only kidnapped and assaulted so far. Updates on the exact nature of the crime as they come.
Luckily, a Good Samaritan witnessed the scene, and began to track the van. (A commenter on the NewsNet5 story claims she knows the victim, and says the Good Samaritan was actually Samaritans, plural, with one person staying behind with the victim and three others staying in the car in pursuit of the suspect.)
Either way, the van was followed to somewhere near the intersection of Detroit and Wooster, which is where police made an arrest in connection with the incident.